Posted on: March 14, 2018

Douglas County drops in health rankings to No. 23 in Kansas

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Douglas County fell 16 spots to No. 23 in Kansas, according to the County Health Rankings report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. It’s the first time that D...

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Posted on: February 21, 2018

Health Department to recognize Melissa Hoffman, Aimee Polson as health champions

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The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will recognize Melissa Hoffman and Aimee Polson, both of Lawrence, as the 2018 Douglas County Health Champions during a community breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m. April 6 at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St...

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Posted on: January 9, 2018

WIC program moves to electronic food benefits system

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Kansas’ public health nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children, commonly called WIC, is offering families a new way to shop for food benefits using an electronic benefit transaction card. WIC families in Shawnee County began piloting the system l...

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Posted on: July 12, 2017

Health Department earns national award for initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes

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The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department was honored with the Model Practice Award at the 2017 annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The award celebrates local health departments for developing pr...

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Posted on: June 6, 2017

Health Department receives grant to improve health equity

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The Kansas Health Foundation is pleased to announce 18 communities, including Douglas County, will be receiving more than $4.7 million in funding through its Healthy Communities Initiative: Improving Health Equity in Kansas. Each community will receive $7...

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Posted on: April 17, 2018

Analyst Vince Romero receives Kay Kent Award

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Analyst Vince Romero is the recipient of the 2018 Kay Kent Excellence in Public Health Service Award! He was nominated and selected by his peers for the award, which is named after W. Kay Kent who served as director of the Health Department from 1973 to 2...

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Posted on: August 21, 2017

Health Department urges residents to be aware of bats

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The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has received an increased number of calls regarding bats.

If residents see a bat — dead or alive — inside a home or an apartment, it is important to contact the Health Department at 785-843-3060 and ask for a C...

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Posted on: June 5, 2017

Father finds support, resources through Healthy Dads program

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While serving time in the Douglas County jail, Joe Ricley learned about the Healthy Dads program through a presentation in October by the program’s coordinator, Jery M·rquez, of the Health Department. He didn’t sign up, but he took a business card.

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Posted on: June 5, 2017

Lawrence students having a BLAST with bicycle training

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For the first time, Lawrence Public Schools is able to offer the Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training (BLAST) program to all fourth- and fifth-grade students as part of its physical education curriculum.

In four classes, students learn about proper helmet fi...

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